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Vitamin of the week: Copper

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 10:58 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Foods rich in copper

Copper is trace element essential in all plants and animals. Its presence in the human body is important to absorb and utilize iron.

Several people lacking iron from food sources may take an iron supplement to increase their daily intake.

Copper may be beneficial in this case, since absorption from iron reduces as we age.

Copper is also a key element for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, the body’s main source of energy. Most people are able to obtain enough copper from food sources and generate enough energy for daily tasks.

Oysters, liver, cocoa, black pepper, Brazil nuts, blackstrap molasses are rich sources of copper. Some other foods contain good levels of copper as well, such as avocados, green olives, lobster and sunflower seeds.

These foods will help you increasing copper intake if eaten on a regular basis. Here’s an important tip: do not eat any milk or egg proteins with foods rich in copper as they block absorption.

Copper is also an important element in the synthesis of some hormones, as well as collagen. This process may help the production of skin pigment, preventing some skin problems.

Recommended daily average is 2mg a day but some doctors believe people should be taking at least 3mg a day, based on some professional research.

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